Manchester United are poised to launch a shock £70million raid on Chelsea this summer, while Arsenal have been handed a big lift in their pursuit of former Spurs star Luka Modric, according to Monday’s European papers.
MAN UTD TO BRING IN CHELSEA STAR AS SHAW REPLACEMENT
Some of those Spanish newspapers love a good transfer story and Monday’s Don Balon is no different.
They claim Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has agreed a shock £70million deal with former club Chelsea to sign Spanish wing-back Marco Alonso this summer.
They claim the former Bolton and Sunderland man is being chased by Barcelona, but with finances tight at the Nou Camp, it is United who look set to win the race to sign Alonso.
According to the report, Alonso only earns £90k a week at Stamford Bridge, but has been promised a huge pay rise by joining United, with the club set to make him an ‘offer he can’t refuse’ to make the move north.
It’s claimed Mourinho has identified the Chelsea man as his No 1 target to replace the struggling Luke Shaw, and wants the Spaniard ahead of other targets Ryan Sessegnon, Danny Rose and Alex Sandro.
There’s no mention of the fact the Blues would be loathe to lose one of their most consistent stars to United for the second summer running, but it certainly makes interesting reading and one would assume any sale of Alonso would finally give Chelsea the green light to finalise their own long-standing interest in Juventus star Sandro.
AND THE REST
Real Madrid will definitely sell Luka Modric for €60m (£53m) this summer – with Arsenal leading the chase – just as soon as they bring in his replacement (Marca)
Real Madrid star Isco wants to join Chelsea ahead of Manchester United this summer – as he believes Eden Hazard will join Los Blancos (Don Balon)
Jurgen Klopp has earmarked Paris Saint-Germain ace Julian Draxler as the perfect replacement for Philippe Coutinho (TransferMarketWeb)
Manchester United and Barcelona target Marco Verratti insists he has no wish to leave PSG this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Roma chief executive Umberto Gandini has insisted the club have no desire to sell Liverpool and Real Madrid goalkeeper target Alisson this summer (Radio Rai)
Everton and Liverpool are battling it out for Hertha Berlin wonderkid Muhammed Kiprit (Bild)
Inter Milan will meet the asking price in Kevin Strootman’s contract by offering them €10m plus West Ham loanee Joao Mario (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has hinted he may retire from international football following on from this summer’s World Cup (La Cornisa)
Juventus have held a meeting with Anthony Martial’s agents to determine whether there’s a chance the France forward would be tempted into moving to Turin (Premium Sport)
Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid to replace Karim Benzema, has now been lined up by Paris Saint-Germain to succeed Edinson Cavani (Le 10 Sport)
Florentino Perez again met with Neymar’s father over the weekend to discuss a potential summer switch to Real Madrid for the Brazilian superstar (Marca)
Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has become the latest Los Blancos player to admit he’d love to see Neymar join the club (AS)
Rumoured Everton and Tottenham target Mitchell Weiser could be heading to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. The Hertha Berlin star has a €12m exit clause (Kicker)
Thiago Motta is reconsidering his future at PSG after intially indicating he could quit this summer. The 35-year-old may now seek to play on for another season (L’Equipe)
Michael Laudrup was a leading contender to replace Luis Enrique in the Barcelona dugout last summer, before the Catalan club opted for Ernesto Valverde (Marca)
Borussia Dortmund are looking to hijack Inter Milan’s move for Argentine hotshot Lautaro Martinez (AS)
Everton target Willian Jose has signalled his intention to stay put at Real Sociedad (Sport)
Spanish prosecutors are calling for former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, who retired at the end of last season, to be jailed for eight and a half years for tax fraud (El Mundo)
Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer has hailed his side’s mentality as they stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to 11 points (Marca)
Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis looks set to miss the rest of the season but has targeted a return in time for the World Cup with Brazil this summer (AS)
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen have expressed their desire to see Andres Iniesta stay at the club (Sport)
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